End Citizens United is a political action committee that was established in 2015 as a result of frustration group members had felt since the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court ruling. The goal of the group is to see big money, along with its inherent abuses, be removed from the political process in America.
The organization, which is headquartered in Washington D.C., seeks to accomplish this goal by supporting candidates that possess similar ideals and ballot measures that directly address the topic. And as the senate campaign of Rick Scott learned the hard way recently, End Citizens United will provide direct resistance against candidates and campaigns that they feel are taking part in the abuse of the process.
ECU recently filed an official complaint with the Federal Election Committee that accuses Rick Scott of illegally benefitting from the efforts of a ‘super PAC’ that stands in support of his campaign for Senate.
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A super PAC is allowed to raise all the money that it can in support of one or multiple candidates but is not allowed to work directly with the campaign of a candidate. ECU maintains that Scott and the super PAC New Republican are in violation of this anti-coordination provision stemming from the fact that Scott was the chairman of New Republican before making it publicly known that he was seeking election to the Senate.
Adam Bozzi, who performs the duties of communications director for End Citizens United, expressed his belief that Scott’s political ambitions mean more to him than the law and that New Republican has been a vehicle used to circumvent the laws regarding campaign finance under the false pretense that money raised by New Republican would be used for the benefit of President Trump.
The campaign of Rick Scott has been adamant in its denials of the allegations and says that no policies have been violated in their quest for the Senate seat. End Citizens United has countered the denials with documentation that seems to suggest that Rick Scott has maintained a working relationship with the New Republican organization in recent months. One particular fact pointed out by ECU is that Rick Scott was listed as the chairman of the New Republic as recently as January.
.@GovernorBullock just filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration’s new dark money rule which would allow special interests to no longer have to disclose their bankrollers. https://t.co/PCnMLetH3T
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) July 24, 2018